MIT welcomes two from the Heising-Simons Foundation 51 Pegasi b Fellowship for 2022

The fellowship supports research contributing to the field of planetary science and astronomy.

Paige Colley | EAPS • mit
April 7, 2022 ~7 min

Ax-1: why the private mission to the International Space Station is a gamechanger

If the mission goes well, private company Axiom Space will move on to building a space station.

Ian Whittaker, Senior Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
April 4, 2022 ~7 min


Most distant star to date spotted – but how much further back in time could we see?

The Hubble Space Telescope could gaze back 13.4 billion years, and with the JWST we expect to improve on this possibly to 13.55 billion years.

Carolyn Devereux, Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics, University of Hertfordshire • conversation
April 4, 2022 ~6 min

What is a dwarf planet?

The dwarf planets in our Solar System are cold, dark, far away and full of surprises.

Vahe Peroomian, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences • conversation
April 4, 2022 ~7 min

Ax-1: why the private mission to the International Space Station is a game changer

If the mission goes well, private company Axiom Space will move on to building a space station.

Ian Whittaker, Senior Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
April 4, 2022 ~7 min

Israeli Company to Measure Brain Activity on Space Mission to ISS

VOA Learning English • voa
March 30, 2022 ~4 min

Astronomy's 10-year wish list: Big money, bigger telescopes and the biggest questions in science

The astronomy and astrophysics decadal survey for the 2020s lays out plans to search for life on distant planets, understand the formation of galaxies and solve deep mysteries of physics.

Chris Impey, University Distinguished Professor of Astronomy, University of Arizona • conversation
March 28, 2022 ~9 min

Star may offer clues to 300-year-old sunspot mystery

A nearby sun-like star may help solve a 300-year-old mystery of the "Maunder Minimum," a 70-year period when sunspots were incredibly rare.

Gail McCormick-Penn State • futurity
March 24, 2022 ~8 min


Scientists develop the largest, most detailed model of the early universe to date

Named after a goddess of the dawn, the Thesan simulation of the first billion years helps explain how radiation shaped the early universe.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 24, 2022 ~7 min

Lettuce in space could protect astronauts’ bones

Bone density loss is a problem for astronauts on long space flights. A new kind of lettuce astronauts could grow in space might solve the problem.

Andy Fell-UC Davis • futurity
March 23, 2022 ~4 min

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